Even if Vision Vancouver wins a clean sweep this fall, they'll continue to face some opposition at city hall.
The city's ruling party has ensured this by choosing to run eight candidates for the 10-seat city council in the November election.
Vision will field five candidates for the seven-seat park board, and seven candidates for the nine-seat school board.
The decision to leave two slots on each body uncontested was made by the Vision executive last night (May 1).
"This will ensure we're putting forward an energetic and experienced slate of candidates at all three levels, in what will be a tough election campaign against the NPA this year," Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is seeking re-election, said today (May 2) in an email to Vision supporters.
"We need to keep moving Vancouver forward and re-elect progressive majorities for City Council, Park Board and School Board. We can't risk going backwards with the NPA - a party that opposes the Greenest City Action Plan, voted against new housing for the homeless, and won't stand up against a massive expansion of oil tankers in our harbour."
Vision incumbents will face a leadership review vote at the party's AGM on May 4. The other candidates will be nominated on June 22.
On May 7, the Non-Partisan Association, which has not held a nomination meeting, plans to announce some of its candidates for the civic election.
The Green Party of Vancouver is set to nominate four candidates for council, including incumbent Adriane Carr.
COPE, TEAM, and other parties are also expected to field candidates this fall.